Discussion is still underway about the content of the course for blinds, awnings, security screens and grilles but BMAA president Joe Turner welcomed the plan. “It’s a very happy sign that something will happen in education for the sector,” he said.
Turner stressed the BMAA was keen this program should tie in with any national licensing requirements being established as part of a COAG (Council of Australian Governments) initiative. Important was that the course content covered any skills that would be necessary when licences were required to install products.
A draft document, written for consultation and prepared by Manufacturing Skills Australia in August 2012, outlined the Certificate III qualification. It was described as providing the skills and knowledge required to design, construct, install and repair interior and exterior blinds and awnings as well as security screens and grills using a range of materials, fixtures and fittings for residential and commercial premises.
Students would be able to specialise in either blinds and awnings or security screens and grilles. Core subjects suggested included product knowledge, measurements, reading and interpreting work documents as well as estimating and costing a job.
Other proposed units included constructing various types of blinds and awnings as well as their installation. The course is expected to be introduced in 2014.
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